Alaska and American Airlines Offering Reciprocal Elite Benefits

Written and Published April 2, 2021


Many airlines and hotel brands have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has dramatically reduced travel demand. In order to drive up interest, many loyalty programs are putting out some very interesting promotions and updates! We have the latest information from airlines and hotels all around the world! Alaska Airlines officially joined oneworld and soon elite members will be able to enjoy reciprocal benefits. Also, Alaska Airlines is still offering a status match without any challenges!

Alaska and American Airlines Offering Reciprocal Elite Benefits

Alaska and American Airlines Now Offering Reciprocal Elite Benefits


Back in July oneworld alliance finally made an official announcement that Alaska Airlines was in the process of joining the alliance, but no official date was given at the time. On March 31, 2021, Alaska officially became the alliance's 14th airline! Now, the airline announced that starting April 5, 2021, Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan and American Airlines AAdvantage elite members will be able to enjoy reciprocal benefits.

From the official announcement:
We are excited for Alaska Elite members flying on American Airlines to enjoy these new benefits. It may take 1-2 days for the necessary updates to enable these new benefits for your flights departing on or after April 5.

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Main Cabin Extra Seating


Starting April 5, 2021, Mileage Plan elite members will have access to American Airlines Main Cabin Extra seats. MVP Gold and MVP Gold 75k members can select seats at the time of booking and MVP members can select the seats within 24 hours of travel.

Upgrades on American Airlines


Mileage Plan MVP Gold 75K elite members will be eligible for first-class upgrades on American flights within the U.S., including Hawaii. They will also be eligible for upgrades between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Bermuda, and Central America. Best of all, these complimentary upgrades are available for MVP Gold 75K members and 1 companion booked in the same reservation on the day of departure, at or after check-in. You can see all the details here!

Upgrades on Alaska Airlines


American AAdvantage elite members will be eligible for upgrades on Alaska also starting April 5, 2021. The benefits are as follows:

-Executive Platinum elite members - Premium Class seats on all fares, upgrade to First Class

-Platinum Pro and Platinum elite members - Premium Class seats on Y, B, H, K, M, L, V, S, or N fares immediately after ticket purchase and on all other fares 72 hours before departure

-Gold elite members - Premium Class seats on Y, B, or H fares after ticket purchase and on all other fares 48 hours before departure

-Alaska Airlines Saver fares will not be eligible for upgrades to First Class or access to preferred or Premium Class seats

-You can see all the details here!

Alaska and American Airlines Offering Reciprocal Elite Benefits

Alaska Airlines Offering Status Match


Alaska Airlines announced in February a status match without any challenges! For a limited time only you will be able to match your elite status from Delta, United, or Southwest to Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan. You can apply for this status match through April 15, 2021. Keep in mind that only members that achieved elite status for 2020 or 2021 through flight miles or segments will be eligible for the status match.

Once you earn your Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan elite status you will be able to keep it through December 31, 2021. Additionally, for every Alaska Airlines flight you take during the rest of the year you will earn a 50% bonus elite miles. This is a great offer from Alaska Airlines, and just in time since the airline officially joined oneworld on March 31, 2021. This will make Alaska Airlines the alliance's 14th airline. You can read more here!